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September 25, 2013
by Rick Bell FAIA Executive Director AIA New York
09.12.13: Race Day, Architects’ Regatta 2013: Team AIANY casting off. Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA
09.12.13: Race Day, Architects’ Regatta 2013: Team AIANY crew member 2013 President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA.Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA
09.12.13: Race Day, Architects’ Regatta 2013: Starting line.Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA
09.12.13: Race Day, Architects’ Regatta 2013: A storm moved in and all boats headed for safe harbor.Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA
09.11.13: Architects’ Regatta 2013: The crew of Team AIANY at the Skippers’ Meeting and pre-race reception in the landmarked Model Room at the New York Yacht Club.(l-r): AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, Bruce Fowle, FAIA, Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, and Skipper Wids DeLaCour, AIA (crew member not in photo: Blake Middleton, AIA). Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA
09.11.13: Architects’ Regatta 2013: The crew of Team AIANY at the Skippers’ Meeting and pre-race reception in the landmarked Model Room at the New York Yacht Club.(l-r): AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, Gwenaëlle de Kerret, Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, Bruce Fowle, FAIA, Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, and Skipper Wids DeLaCour, AIA (crew member not in photo: Blake Middleton, AIA). Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA

The Architects’ Regatta took place this year on Thursday, 09.12.13, following a course laid out near the Statue of Liberty. As we have come to expect, the AIA New York Chapter’s “Flying Eagles” did exceedingly well given the strange skies and despite an unfortunate technical mishap. Skippered by AIANY Housing Committee Co-Chair Wids DeLaCour, AIA, this year’s salty crew included 2013 Chapter President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, former President Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Blake Middleton, AIA, of Handel Architects, and Bruce Fowle, FAIA, of FXFOWLE.

Only one of the two scheduled races took place before a storm rolled in and the skies opened, drenching those on the spectator barge, including Oculus Editor Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Oculus contributor Gwenaëlle de Kerret, and yours truly.

The race was won by a combined team from Fuller D’Angelo/Pei Partnership, just ahead of crews from Thomas Juul-Hansen and from Daniel Frisch Architecture.

The traditional song by AIANY accompanying the awarding of conciliatory gag trophies would have been, if not rained out, a slight reworking and parodic translation of Les Bras de Mer (The Arms of the Sea), by Bréton troubadour Yann Tiersen and Dominique A. Perhaps at a ceremony soon we will hear the revised lyrics (The Architects of the Sea), which start: “From the place where we finished / We saw the bow of your boat / Way behind, way behind / And barely staying afloat.”

A good time was had, money was raised for children’s programs, and Team AIANY did defeat, again, traditional rival Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Better luck next year to all.

Team

Boat

Place

Fuller D’Angelo/Pei Partnership

Sea Witch

1

Thomas Juul-Hansen

12

2

Daniel Frisch Architecture I

6

3

Robert Young Architecture

Flying Dutchman

4

Lawless and Mangione

3

5

Grimshaw Architects I

10

6

Allen + Killcoyne Architects

11

7

Grimshaw Architects II

8

8

Daniel Frisch Architecture II

Flying Fish

9

HOK

4

10

Ennead Architects

Flying Cloud

11

AIA New York Chapter

5

12

Zaskorski & Notaro Architects

13

13

SOM

Sovereign of the Seas

14

Robert AM Stern II

Sea Nymph

15

Perkins Eastman

Comet

16

Ted Moudis I

1

17

CetraRuddy

14

18

Hogg & Williams

Young America

19

Robert AM Stern I

7

20

Rogers Marvel

2

DNS

BKSK Architects

9

DNS

Event: Architects Regatta
Location: North Cove Marina and Hudson River, 09.12.13
Organizers: New York Architects Foundation

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